Telesmanich goes to OIT with a vision of making a difference, in baseball and in the environment
The Gladstone High School standout scholar/athlete plans a major in renewable energy engineering
Gladstone High School senior Trask Telesmanich has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Oregon Institute of Technology.
Telesmanich, who excels in the classroom as well as on the athletic field, will have a good deal of his college education paid for.
Athletics will likely gain the Gladstone High School standout scholar/athlete at least $2,000 a year. OITs athletic scholarship fund will provide $1,000 the first year and, depending upon how Telesmanich does in baseball, the scholarship will be renewable for at least $1,000 a year until he graduates, he says.
Telesmanich was honored recently by the Portland Baseball Umpires Association as recipient of their Westover/Lehr Memorial Scholarship. The association awards one athlete from the greater Portland Metropolitan area with this scholarship each year for exemplary character, sportsmanship and ability displayed on the baseball field. The scholarship is for $1,000 a year until Telesmanich graduates.
A 3.93 student at Gladstone, Telesmanich has gained a number of additional scholarships for his diligence in the classroom.
My mom has always pushed me, Telesmanich says. She feels that education is the most powerful gift someone can have.
Four academic scholarships will total $4,600 his freshman year and $3,600 a year thereafter: $2,100 a year in an Oregon Opportunities Grant, $1,000 a year through an engineering honors scholarship, $500 a year through a OIT Presidential Scholarship, and $1,000 his freshman year through an OIT Owls Technology Award.
Telesmanich plans a renewable energy engineering major.
Ive taken classes here at the high school and Ive learned we have a problem with nonrenewable energy, said Telesmanich. Its putting a carbon footprint up, and its going higher.
Telesmanich says he received interest from baseball coaches at George Fox University, Chemeketa Community College and Clackamas Community College. But he says the decision to accept the offer from OIT was an easy one.
The ultimate factor was the fact that Oregon Tech has such a good program in renewable energy engineering, Telesmanich said.
Telesmanich has kept busy as a student/athlete at Gladstone High School. Besides playing long snapper and defensive lineman for Gladstones state championship football team, and playing third base and pitcher in baseball, hes been vice-president of the schools Key Club, a member of the National Honor Society, and secretary for Gladstone High Schools electric vehicle organization.
Were restoring a Chevy S-10 pickup and making it into an electric car, Telesmanich said. Its been a five-year project. Itll be completed in the next couple of years.
And, in addition to baseball and football practices, Telesmanich has spent a good deal of his summers taking part in Gladstone High Schools strength and agility conditioning programs. And he umpires youth baseball games.
He played a pivotal part in the Gladiators success in baseball this spring, as the Gladiators went 15-0 in the Tri-Valley League, completing what is thought to be the first undefeated league season of baseball in school history.
We look to go undefeated the remainder of the season, Telesmanich said.
Through the league season, the Gladiators had a 7-1 record with Telesmanich on the mound. The talented right-hander had a 0.995 ERA, with 75 strikeouts and 14 walks in 63-1/3 innings pitched.
He a competitor, said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. He competes on the mound. Hes just as tough in the seventh inning as he is at the beginning of a game....
Hes got a cut fastball that he puts over the plate, a pretty effective change, and a breaking pitch he throws for strikes. He throws four pitches for strikes and, when hes on, hes pretty good.
Telesmanich made believers of the coaches in the Tri-Valley Conference as they named him their 2015 TVC Pitcher of the Year.
My dad got me a mitt when I was two and I never put it down, said Telesmanich. I always wanted to be a pitcher....
Im just really excited and blessed to have the opportunity to continue to play baseball in college. Its always been a dream of mine.
Telesmanich said of OIT baseball: Theyve been successful in the past, but theyre coming off a not-so-great year. Im looking forward to going in there my freshman year and maybe making difference. Coach Miles [OIT coach Matt Miles] said my first year Ill be seeing a lot of time on the mound.